Learning Supportive Psychotherapy: An Illustrated Guide

Learning Supportive Psychotherapy: An Illustrated Guide

by Arnold Winston, Richard N. Rosenthal, Henry Pinsker
     
 

Mastering the art of supportive psychotherapy demands years of training and experience -- and Learning Supportive Psychotherapy: An Illustrated Guide paves the way. This book, along with the accompanying DVD, serves as a trustworthy guide to mastering the rudiments of supportive psychotherapy from the initial interview through the therapeutic progression to the

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Mastering the art of supportive psychotherapy demands years of training and experience -- and Learning Supportive Psychotherapy: An Illustrated Guide paves the way. This book, along with the accompanying DVD, serves as a trustworthy guide to mastering the rudiments of supportive psychotherapy from the initial interview through the therapeutic progression to the very last session.

The authors, preeminent figures in psychiatry, describe the basic principles and objectives of supportive psychotherapy, with emphasis on the critical importance of the therapeutic relationship and how to develop a positive therapeutic alliance. They have written an extremely accessible text that provides practical hands-on instruction to beginning psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and others who require the fundamentals of psychotherapeutic patient care.

Supportive psychotherapy has been recognized as a core competency, and readers seeking the requisite skills will find an advantage in this volume's beneficial features: • Insightful perspective on the origins and development of supportive psychotherapy, locating it on the psychodynamic therapy spectrum, and distinguishing it from the expressive psychotherapies in terms of objectives, process, and outcomes• Expert instruction on conducting a thorough assessment and evaluation of a patient, with emphasis on techniques for conducting a comprehensive initial interview, exploring the patient's manifesting problems, taking an accurate patient history, eliciting useful information, and identifying supportive measures -- all of which are crucial to establishing a therapeutic relationship• Specialized focus on useful techniques, including alliance building, esteem building, encouragement, promoting adaptive behaviors, anticipatory guidance, reducing and preventing anxiety, naming the problem, rationalizing and reframing, expanding awareness, clarification, interpretation, and much more• Critical information on how to intervene in a crisis to facilitate the patient's personal growth rather than physical and psychological deterioration• Significant clinical illustrations, vignettes, and case studies to help the reader make connections between theoretical concepts and real-world applications.

This text follows one of the three formats now required for psychiatry residency training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and provides newly credentialed psychiatrists with the basic tools needed to treat the broad range of patients they encounter. Like the other books in the Core Competencies series, it is a valuable adjunct to the traditional methods of psychotherapy education and an indispensable resource for the profession.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: One of many books in the Core Competencies in Psychotherapy series, this is a revision of a 2004 publication, Introduction to Supportive Psychotherapy.
Purpose: In 2007, the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry mandated that all psychiatry residents become competent in three areas of psychotherapy: supportive, psychodynamic, and cognitive- behavioral. The purpose of this book is to teach beginning therapists the fundamentals of supportive psychotherapy.
Audience: While the book is targeted primarily at psychiatry residents beginning their training in psychotherapy, it is also written for beginning therapists interested in supportive psychotherapy.
Features: Throughout the nine chapters, four basic principles are emphasized: maintaining a positive therapeutic alliance, understanding and formulating patients' problems, setting realistic treatment goals, and knowing what to say to patients. The authors clearly define the concept of supportive psychotherapy and present its key features. They then describe supportive psychotherapeutic interventions and steps for performing proper patient evaluations, and discuss the therapeutic relationship and crisis intervention. The final chapter describes how to determine whether a resident has achieved competence in supportive psychotherapy. Figures, case illustrations, and vignettes help bring the text to life. What's more, this book is accompanied by a DVD which includes six vignettes demonstrating the fundamental tenets of supportive psychotherapy; these vignettes are also detailed in the book. Many of the chapters have been revised since the earlier publication.
Assessment: As the authors make clear, supportive psychotherapy is a technique which requires years of intensive training and experience. This book is meant to provide the foundation for such training and experience. With psychiatry residents required to achieve competency in supportive psychotherapy, a book that provides a clear and concise introduction to supportive psychotherapy is essential. This is that book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629787
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
211
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Arnold Winston, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York, and Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.

Richard N. Rosenthal, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the Arthur J. Antenucci Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.

Henry Pinsker, M.D., is the Honorary Attending in the Department of Psychiatry&Behavioral Sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (retired) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York.

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